updated 8/11/2009 9:56:42 AM ET 2009-08-11T13:56:42

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: August 29, 2009

The deal
Vacations can be costly, both in price and in time. A seven night cruise can quickly become a ten-night trip when flight times to the embarkation ports and overnight hotel stays are factored in. For those living on the East Coast who can’t afford to take the time off for a lengthier summer getaway, this 5-night cruise offers the perfect compromise.

It embarks from — and returns to — Philadelphia and sails north along the scenic New England coastline. What makes this deal even sweeter is that you’ll get a room with a view for the same cost as an interior cabins starting from just $429.

The Norwegian Majesty embarks on August 29 — an ideal time for visiting the Northeast and Canada before temperatures begin to drop. The ship boasts six international restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a spa and fitness center, casino, and theater featuring live nightly entertainment.

After setting sail from Philadelphia, the ship will spend a day at sea before reaching its first port of call in St. John, New Brunswick, a fairy-tale like town full of Victorian architecture. A popular attraction here is the natural wonder of the Reversing Falls which flow in one direction when the tides are low and the opposite during high tide.

After that, passengers can follow the “Freedom Trail” and explore the legendary sites around historic Boston before heading back to Philadelphia.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
There is only one sailing date for this itinerary, so book quickly.

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